If you're feeling overwhelmed in your job search, it's likely you've made the common mistake of adding without subtracting.
Because, as they say "Finding a job is a job," so making time for it means cutting, or putting on hold, non-essential activities.
What to subtract? Start with these...
#1 Social media socializing - if it's not professional networking, don't do it. Remove notifications to your phone and don't get pulled in.
#2 Pointless TV - this includes news and entertainment.
Subtracting just these two distractions from your day will calm and focus you, and ultimately make you a more attractive candidate.
I wrote this post below about a year ago, but it's exactly what still works today.
Read through it and think about the steps you're taking to target that job you want.
What step can you try and apply that you're not taking right now?
SHE GOT THE JOB! But how??
Here's the quick and simple process I follow with my clients. It will work for you, if you follow it.
For starters, I got her to write up a list of companies we could target - but one, she said, she'd love to get but she didn't fit the qualifications. So I told her, let's go for that! Yup, she thought I was crazy, but here's what we did.
This is how finding and getting your dream job is done these days...a process, persistence, and a willingness to fearlessly do what it takes.
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If you don't track your progress in your job search, you're dooming yourself to do twice the work for twice as long - which could be months or even years to find the right job! Because tracking your target companies and jobs on paper allows you to do proper follow-up, and that's the core of a good job search strategy.
THE ELEMENTS OF A GOOD SEARCH STRATEGY are simple.
And remember, WHAT GETS MEASURED GETS IMPROVED, and this is all about learning and improving your strategy as you go forward. With each connection, networking coffee meeting, and interview you're learning what works and what doesn't, and where your strengths lie - so you can refocus and become a better candidate.
With my clients we track every step of the process, look at improvement ideas, and learn from mistakes and successes to build a strategic approach that means faster results and more money!
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I work with a lot of clients on developing their Interview Skills and overall networking skills. One of the key elements of this is making sure they communicate their level of intelligence in their market or area of interest.
To do that I always recommend they go on a morning diet of listening to Podcasts in their area of expertise, and a nightly ritual of watching a YouTube video on their topic, or reading a book on it.
It's amazing what words, phrases, acronyms, and ideas you can absorb through osmosis by just exposing yourself to these resources.
Think about this...it's been estimated that if you read 1 book a month in your field, that in only 3-5 years you'll become one of THE top experts in it!
For those nonreaders where that sounds like a lot, what if you just listened to the books on Audible or even listened to summaries of the books through YouTube (yup, there are tons there).
The compound effect in the long term is massive, and in the short term, it will still give you a competitive advantage in your networking and interviewing.
I've leveraged the power of learning and reading to share models that will help my clients respond to interview questions like no one else - for example:
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Coach Baez has helped hundreds of clients level up their careers and lives. In this blog he shares some of his best tips and lessons learned through his years of coaching.